Handy, free and just in time for the holidays! We've rounded up a few of our favorite resources for box template generators, our favorite tutorials for making your own gift boxes, PLUS some free printable downloads that we've created just for you! That's a lot of gift-wrap magic!
As you spend the next two days perfecting your wrapping skills consider the end use of the paper, tissue, ribbons, etc. Do your part in keeping the Earth clean as well by upcycling! Check out following upcycling ideas from The E Advisor Blog and turn your trash into treasure!
'Tis the season of hostess gifts, and for those who imbibe, one of the most appreciated will be a bottle of wine. Sure, you can hand the bottle over naked or in the cheesy bag the liquor store hands out this time of year, but wouldn't you rather give something pretty? Something that says 'I care enough to do a little diy'? Of course you would! That's why I've scoured the internets to find the very best wine bottle wraps, cozies, bags and tags tutorials. From a bit more complex to easy as pie, there's something for everyone. Just pick your craft and go.
First for the sewers, this cozy couldn't be cuter:
When prepping for this roundup, Iimagined I'd find hundreds if not thousands of gift wrap and gift tag ideas. I was right. Picking just a sample of all that I found proved to be overwhelming. But, I turned on my internal editor and got to work. My criteria for including the ones I have? Something about the images had to make me pause as I clicked through. A clever use of materials, something I hadn't seen before or just the sheer loveliness...
This year, I'm all over making my own wrapping paper. I've made bold, graphic paper using type, drawn a subtle handmade snowflake design, and adorned plain paper with DIY stamps, but I wanted to do a full-on printed pattern over an entire sheet. I do know how to screen print, but it's a lot of work for a couple sheets, so I turned to another classic printmaking technique: a carved linoleum block. A contemporary update to woodblock printing...
Check out Swelldesigner's cool post on how to make really cool, personalized wrapping paper for your gift-giving adventures this season.
Here is today's project:
Stylish Paper Gift Topper
Christmas on a Friday means lots of things - four day weekends for many 9-5ers, a few days after New Years before the kids head back to school...and that you have to hang onto your wrapping paper and waste until at least Monday when the sanitation department people get back to work. But, of course, you'd never just lug it to the curb and send if off to landfill land.
But what should you do with it?
Here's two tips from Inhabitat:
If you're giving gift cards this holiday season, they've probably come in utilitarian envelopes in which to give them. For something a bit different--and MUCH more memorable--how about presenting those gift cards in an empty Altoid tin? BHG suggests we cover the cover in pretty paper to hide the 'toid part.
Rikkianne from Chakra Pennywhistle has a fine idea, indeed: wrap your handmade gifts in a paper a bit more suitable to their contents - thrifted sewing patterns.
Don't worry - these aren't the vintage patterns featuring classic designs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s... if your thrift store features those, you, my friend, are in luck and should buy them all up quickly.
Nope. In 2010, most shelves are graced with McCalls from the late 70s through...
Traditional gift wrapping technique places this gift in tissue paper, then a box, then paper around the box, then tape to secure it, a ribbon for some extra fun, then a bow, a gift tag to determine the recipient, and sometimes, even an extra bauble or ornament dangling from the finished product.
This year - try something else, like these folded mini-gift parcels. Yoke Bakery has created a fully prepped option from a single sheet of...
Perfectly thoughtful gifts require perfectly thoughtful wrappings. And less-than-sublimely personalized gifts DEMAND thoughtful wrappings. A bottle of wine is always a neutral choice (only the decision between red or white), and to present it?
Wait, wait, wait! Don't take that garbage bag of wrapping paper to the recycling bin just yet. After you've created a paper fan and weaved yourself a handbag, unwrap these lists for a whole heap of new ways to recycle your used wrapping paper. It just keeps on giving.
Yes, store bought wrapping paper is sort of a waste of money and it's not eco-friendly, but these wrapping papers from Think Geek are hilarious. Four sheets of 20" x 30" paper will set you back $5.99. Also, if you do go for store bought wrapping paper, there are always ways to conserve it, like this.
If you save calendars, greeting cards and leftover wrapping paper you could use them to decoupage something, or you could check out Real Simple’s clever ways to reuse them.
1. Instead of tucking them away where they can’t be seen, frame the images on cards or calendars in inexpensive IKEA wood frames.
2. Use them as media for a mixed-media art project.
3. Use wrapping paper to line the backs of bookcases or line tack boards in your cubical.
"It happens several times each year: gift-giving. Whether it's for the holidays, a birthday or a wedding, nothing can make your presents stand out more than a flawless wrapping job. If you've never tackled a present-wrapping project before or your idea of giftwrap involves a roll of duct tape, this page is for you. Even if you've wrapped a few times, you might find some new ideas here. Just a few simple steps and anyone can wrap like a pro!"
My whole family hates that I refuse to buy thematic, seasonally-appropriate wrapping paper, with matching ribbons etc. I never quite got the decorum of gift giving (like why buy a gift, then spend an extra ten dollars to wrap it and put a card on top, when I could have just got you a $10 better gift?!?!), but now, we can cite the unncessary waste of disposable gift wrap. DIYLife suggest five environmentally friendly alternatives.
If you’ve found yourself with a little something to wrap for a Valentine’s gift but have no wrapping paper in the house, try using a Campbell’s soup can label.
And for those of you who think this is a stupid idea, check out the Warhol Store where you can buy 12 sheets of 20" x 30" tomato soup wrapping paper--based on Warhol's 32 Campbell's Soup Cans--for 30 bucks.
Running out of wrapping paper and bows and need more FAST? I saw this on Martha yesterday and put the Curbly spin to it.
What little wrapping paper you have left
Wrap your present in newsprint. I like the stock quotes as they make a nice, uniform background.
Cut a strip of wrapping paper to circumference the present, fold in edges, wrap around package, tape strip together in back of present.
Cut one square each of wrapping paper and newsprint. I’ve included a template below to get you started. But if you want a smaller bow, cut smaller squares. Larger bows will make larger squares.
Sandwich squares together, pretty sides out. A little double-sided, or looped tape will help keep them together.
Cut diagonal lines at indicated, stopping at the dots at end of cut lines.
Fold points identified with asterisks to center circle. Tape points down as you go.
Apply "pin-wheel" bow to package.
Oh, and have a happy holiday!!